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Sony DCR-HC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 170 reviews of Sony DCR-HC20. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good comments, but many are less positive about the finish and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

viewfinder, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The battery and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the zoom and finish, and opinions are divided on the design.

usability, price, battery, portability, size

finish, zoom

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC20E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC20E Digital Camcorder

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Views about the price and design are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, design, price

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC20 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC20 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam

 

Though compact and easy to use, the Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam delivers subpar video and still-image quality and lacks some critical features.

Compact design. Easy to use. LCD is visible in direct sunlight.

Poor video and still-image quality. Lacks analog-to-digital conversion capabilities.

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Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam

 

The DCR-HC20 is a small, easy to use, and well-priced camcorder for those who just want to shoot video, but it is missing features such as still-image capture.

This is a stylish, small, low-cost camcorder that is comfortable to hold and easy to use, although it has fewer features than its more expensive siblings.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

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Apr, 2004

Expert review by : Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC20 is the lowest of this year's DCR-HC models; the DCR-HC30 and DCR-HC40 succeed it. The DCR-HC20 is a stripped-down version of the DCR-HC30. It includes the same CCD, which is a 1/6-inch chip with comparable optical zoom. That said, the...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Andrew Alexander (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony has consolidated both the number of camcorders and the physical size of their camcorders in their 2004 model line which was introduced at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The camcorders have a new rounder design, and some upgraded,...

Jan, 2004

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Sony DCR HC20

 

Sony DCR HC20 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC20 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder packs big features in a small package. It features a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel controls, a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, NightShot Plus infrared recording system...

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Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Handycam DCR-SX41series review

 

The Handycam DCR-SX41 is Sony's flash-memory-based standard-definition camcorder. Its main attractions are its small size, 8GB of internal memory backed by a Memory Stick slot for expansion, and a 60x megazoom lens. It's also easy to use partly because...

Simple operation; 60x zoom lens; small, lightweight design.

Soft, digital-artifact-laden video; noticeable purple fringing on subjects.

If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.

Sep, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

I think I'm the only one who really owns this...

 

People who do not own a particular model shouldn't comment on it. The file output is MPEG-2, so just about any editing software will work with these files. I purchased this camera from a big-box retailer for $100 more because I needed it immediately at...

Newegg Price; Easy to use, great beginner camera (even my tech-challenged wife could use it immediately); 30GB allows you to shoot way too much video and worry about editing it later; Simple and fast file transfer. I'd be hard-pressed to suggest a...

Seems nitpicky for the price, but the microphone could use a wind-sock, or at least add a jack to allow addition of an external mic. I had pretty low expectations for free editing software, and was not surprised when it didn't exceed them

Sep, 2007

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Ripped Off..But not from Newegg

 

Was on vacation in Orlando and went to a camera store there and got totally ripped off..I am sick about..in the process of disputing the credit card charge.Can't get it out of my head..If I didn't need it in a pinch..Newegg is the place..Always shop...

easy to use..nice menu and the quailty is good for the newegg price

no good editing software,could be a little smaller

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder packs big features in a small package. It features a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel controls, a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, NightShot Plus infrared recording system and USB streaming capabilities, all in a case that is 25% smaller than last years model. It even includes the innovative Easy Handycam button, which automates most functions and makes recording a snap. Why settle for anything less than a Sony?

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera

Minimum illumination:5

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.4in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2in

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2.500

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC20/HC20E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Image Sensor

Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.68

Lens System

Digital Zoom:120
Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Other Features

Resolution:640 x 480

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:3.386
Height:4.409
Weight:13.404
Width:1.969